Confession: my first venture into the blogging world was not overly successful. Aw heck. I’d even be willing to say my first two ventures into the blogging world were not overly successful (and this, despite the fact that my audience should have been totally enthralled with my posts).
Let’s rewind to 2010 “ish”. I ventured into the blogging world as a reason to eliminate weekly classroom newsletters. I hate to think of the number of trees that sacrificed their lives for my newsletters. Classroom blogs were on the cutting edge, so I eagerly (this may be an exaggeration) signed up for a professional development session delving into the “why’s” and “how to’s” of classroom blogs.
I was instantly overwhelmed. Technology was not for the faint of heart. Nor was it for someone in their fourth decade of life. (All right, all right…I admit, I didn’t think it was for me. I know many 40+ year olds who do just fine with technology…I’m talking about you TR.) But, I felt I had something to prove, so I pushed on. As a result the Hovie Hub was born. I blogged EVERY SINGLE DAY. I posted pictures (relax…totally legal…site was guarded and was invitation only), a recap of the day’s happenings, links to educational websites, and homework assignments. Sounds phenomenal, yes? Well, it wasn’t. In order to be effective, parents actually needed to read the blog. Apparently I didn’t know how to make that happen.
But I kept at it. The next year, Hovie Happenings was created. I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of the previous year’s information, so my work around was to create new blog. Maybe a dozen comments over the course of the year. Many phone calls requesting information I had previously shared on the blog. Definitely not worth the time and effort I was putting into it.
So, the following year I bailed. (I’m going with “my intended audience” wasn’t ready for my technological intelligence, as my cop out.)
After that, I never gave blogs much thought…until three years ago, when I stumbled upon my first health/wellness blog.
This blog turned my life around. Miryam is a clinical dietician. Her food philosophy came at at a time in my life where I desperately needed to be reminded that diets don’t work. She introduced me to “real” food, and provided tons of delicious, and nutritious recipes to try.
KERF (Kath Eats Real Food)
Kath, a registered dietician, began blogging to chronicle her own weight loss journey. I visited her current hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia because I was so excited to visit all of the fun food places she blogged about. I even shook her husband’s hand when we visited the Great Harvest Bakery they own. Kind of a big deal. I give Kath all the credit in the world for introducing me to overnight oats.
This was the first blog I read mentioning ED recovery. Angela very openly shared her story of disordered eating, and explained how a vegan diet allowed her to make peace with food. The Oh She Glows Cookbook is a “go to” cookbook in my house! Angela is responsible for my homemade nut milk obsession!
This was the next blog I came across when delving into the world of veganism. Kathy shares such heartfelt posts, that I feel like I know her personally. She introduced me to the world of smoothies, and demonstrated just how fun and tasty vegan cooking could be. I am addicted to Gena’s Lemon Goji Berry Tea, Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread, and Tempeh Logs. Actually I could go on and on, but studies show you would stop paying attention if I listed much more. I lately learned of Kathy’s own ED story, and it made me love her even more.
Emily. Has. The. Best. Raw. Vegan. Desserts. Ever.
Robyn is slightly older than my own children, so I enjoy her perspective as she navigates her way through life. I love the professional information she shares on eating, and wellness in general. She even makes her own videos! If you are a “dieter”, you need to read Robyn’s blog. She has excellent advice that may make you rethink your dieting mentality.
When I first discovered Gena’s blog, I was instantly in awe. Her posts were not only beautifully written, but complex as well. If I had met her in person, I could have been easily intimidated, but because I met her on her blog, she instead became a source of inspiration. Gena not only writes with intelligence, but also with great honesty, tackling topics that are at times, tough to think about. I’ve learned so much from her.
Recently Gena shared my story on her blog. I am honored beyond words. And in disbelief that I was given the opportunity to make a difference.
I am so grateful for all the bloggers out there that have impacted my life! I hope and pray that I am able to do the same for others!
Have a great weekend, all!